|just kidding, it's buffalo dung|
I feel like I vacillate on the topic:
As a new sewist, making anything was just plain exciting. I sewed dresses and pretty(ish) things because they were exciting. But a couple of years ago, as my mound of me-mades grew, I vowed to make more everyday garments that I could wear all the time. On this front I've actually been successful. Looking down at my outfit today I'm wearing a top, jeans, and a bra that I have made myself.
Yet recently I have felt the pressure to sew everything I wear. Never mind that pretty (and practical) new coat pattern, those fun overalls that everyone is wearing, or that creative not-sure-if-it-will-really-work pattern company - there are jeans to mend, basics that need replacing, and a work wardrobe to furnish! Lately I feel like the pressure is mounting to spend all my free time producing the things I need.
While it's a fun experiment, I don't want to feel like a pioneer woman forced to survive by my own two hands alone. I love that I haven't bought new clothes in over a year, but I wonder if I shouldn't just head to J. Crew or wherever and buy those trousers so I can get on with the fun stuff. On the other hand, learning pants fitting, bra making, and how to sew a t-shirt hem has been incredibly educational.
So I am revisiting the question: as a hobby sewist, is it better to make the pretty, artsy things that give you joy, or enjoy making the clothes that you will cherish and wear every day? The answer, of course, is usually in between, but definitely has me second-guessing my recent approach to sewing.